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World's Largest Dinosaur recognized with 2023 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award

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Tyra, the World’s Largest Dinosaur, has more going for her than just the title of being the largest dinosaur in the world after being awarded the 2023 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award.
According to its website, Tripadvisor is “the world’s largest travel platform,” relying on reviews and opinions from travelers on its website and app to rate their experiences at various venues, accommodations, experiences, and more to “make every trip (the) best trip.”
“It is an honour to receive this recognition from Tripadvisor,” says Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Heather Bitz. “We have received this award in the past, so it is very rewarding to know that we are continuing to provide a great experience for our visitors.”
Tripadvisor annually awards the best destinations, beaches, hotels, restaurants, and things to do based on its customer’s reviews over the previous 12 months.
The Travelers’ Choice Award is given to accommodations, attractions, or restaurants which receive great traveler reviews on a consistent basis, and ranked within the top 10 per cent on Tripadvisor.
“With so many great attractions, along with our shopping, dining and accommodations, Drumheller is a popular destination for visitors,” Ms. Bitz shares. “This positive recognition will keep Drumheller at the forefront of visitors’ minds and hopefully encourage continued visitation to our community.”

3 Angels Poker Run raises $7,000 for Titans


Kickstands went up at noon on Saturday, August 19 for the third annual 3 Angels Poker Run. Riders cruised from the Last Chance Saloon in Wayne, making several stops along the way including in Rockyford, Acme, and Morrin, before wrapping up at Yavis Prop Room and Lounge for a silent auction and a live band. A total of $7,000 was raised, with proceeds going to support the Titans through Drumheller Community Football. This year was an “all wheels welcome” ride, and there was even a shuttle bus available for those who wanted to take part in the cruise without having to be at the helm. The poker run is held annually in memory of three young people who passed away in 2021, and has been a way to help the community heal from this loss; in its first two years, the ride has raised some $23,000 in support of a local family dealing with the loss of its patriarch, and to purchase a defibrillator for Drumheller Fire and Rescue.

Daulm's Harry Christensen donates collection to Royal Alberta Museum

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A collection of projectile point artefacts found by Harry Christensen on the family farm near Dalum, and which are estimated to range in age from approximately 2,000 to 4,600 years old, are being donated to the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Harry, now in his 90s, was born and raised on a farm near Dalum, about 10 miles south of the Town of Drumheller; while he has since moved to Calgary to be closer to family, many may still remember him from his earlier years in the Drumheller Valley.
“The first was found when trapping gophers in the schoolyard (at the Dalum School),” Harry tells the Mail. “I was setting a trap and saw what looked like a rock in the dirt the gopher had kicked out of the hole, and I picked it up…an arrowhead!”
This was around 1938 or 1939 according to Harry, and he found a second one only days later.
In total, Harry estimates he found about 30 or 40 arrowheads by about 1979 to 1980; most of his collection was found on the farm.
One in particular Harry found while he was cultivating the field with a team of horses. He spotted something on the ground in front of the cultivator and shouted for the horses to stop. Once he got them to stop, Harry says he had to dig in the soil about two feet and found what, on initial inspection, looked like a rock; on closer inspection, it was an arrowhead.
“I found quite a few over the years, but my brother, Joe, says he never found a single one,” Harry laughs, joking he must have had a special touch for finding them.
With Harry getting a little long in the tooth and now living in a care facility in Calgary, his nephew Harold Whittaker decided to reach out to the Royal Alberta Museum regarding his uncle’s collection, and attached a photo of Harry’s collection.

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“I contacted Kyle Forsythe, Curator of Archaeology at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, to inquire if the museum would be interest in Harry’s projectile point collection,” says Harold.
Mr. Forsythe responded to Harold’s email, expressing interest in the donation of the collection. Based solely on the photo Harold attached, Mr. Forsythe estimated the projectile point collection contained items ranging from 2,000 to 4,600 years old from various Indigenous groups who manufactured distinctive styles of projectile points including Pelican Lake, Oxbow, and McKean.
Harry is very pleased and happy to donate his collection, which will be mailed to the Royal Alberta Museum before the end of August where it will undergo additional examination of the physical artefacts.


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